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Unified Communications Week in Review: Tata, Arrow, Vidyo and more

April 11, 2015

Unified Communications is changing the way we do just about everything as the industry continues to develop in leaps and bounds. This week we kept our eyes peeled and our ears to the ground for new developments in the world of UC. Here’s what we came up with:

Early in the week we saw Tata making moves to beef up its portfolio. The carrier, which offers wholesale and white-label services for carriers that cater to small and medium-sized businesses, and targets large, multinational corporations under its own brand, added InstaCC Global, Hosted Lync and Click2RTC to its UC portfolio, bringing together multiple technology platforms to provide integrated voice, video, chat and presence capabilities delivered through the cloud. TMC’s Tara Seals has all the details, with some added insight, HERE.

Arrow Systems Integration (provider of specialized UC and contact center solutions) and 8x8 (specializing in extended cloud communication) are also trying to give their portfolios some extra weight. Their solution?— a powerhouse UC-Cloud partnership that is going to increase the portfolio of both companies as they bring their UC and cloud technologies together. According to TMC’s Michael Guta, the nascent collaboration creates a one-stop shop to address both companies’ communication needs on a single consolidated invoice. Get all the details in the full story.

Vidyo is another company that won’t rest on its laurels, especially when it comes to videoconferencing, which the company has been offering as a solution since 2012. The advent and subsequent proliferation of videoconferencing has cut costs on business traveling, yielding tremendous savings for companies, and seamless worldwide collaboration and communication. Aware of this trend, Vidyo took its VidyoReplay offering to the next level with VidyoReplay VE, which offers greater flexibility, and other benefits, all of which are explained in the full story.  

While keeping a finger on the pulse of the UC world, we turned an eye toward the future of the industry this week. TMC’s Laura Stotler took a look at how mobility trends are driving the direction of the UC market, citing a study by Transparency Market Research forecasting that the UC market will reach $62 billion by 2018, growing at an average of close to 16 percent per year. We all know that the UC market is growing, but the projections for growth in the next few years are staggering.

And some of the movers and shakers behind this growth are Millennials. TMC’s Tara Seals provided insight this week into how these young people born between 1980 and 2000, as they enter the workplace, will precipitate the end of telecom as we know it. What will follow, according to Seals, is ubiquitous unified communications (UC) that rely on mobility as a key pillar. A big question going forward will be whether or not UC solutions companies are up to the challenge.

As these questions unfold, along with the many others surrounding the world of UC, we’ll be reporting on the answers—and the endless array of follow-up questions—here, at Unified Communications.

 In the meantime, have a great weekend, and we’ll see you Monday! 

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